Tick bite temporarily paralyzes 3-year-old

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  • The Lewis family became concerned when Evelyn couldn't stand
  • An emergency doctor suspected a tick bite and found one on her scalp

(CNN)A normal bedtime routine turned into a trip to the emergency room for an Oregon couple and their 3-year-old after she experienced partial paralysis because of a tick bite.

Amanda Lewis of La Grande described the scare on Facebook, saying her daughter, Evelyn, became fussy after a bath on May 12 and couldn't stand.
    Amanda Lewis and her husband, Lantz, posted a video of their daughter still struggling to stand the next morning; the couple asked family members who are nurses for help figuring what was wrong. The video has since been watched more than 17 million times.
      "Evelyn started acting a little weird last night around bedtime. She didn't want to stand up after her bath to get into her pajamas. I helped her and got her in bed. She was a little fussy last night and I ended up sleeping in bed with her all night," Amanda Lewis posted.
      The girl's symptoms began to get worse, and since Lantz has a history with cancer, they rushed Evelyn to the ER.
      Lantz Lewis told CNN, "I was in the Navy, and they found a rare brain tumor typically found in children. I couldn't run straight, and I felt dizzy, so our minds starting going to that."
      Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus